I was reminded today of how much life is a gift. The lesson came from a person suffering from a migraine headache that ruined her weekend off. Yet, her focus was on how much her boy is a gift to her. He comforted his mother. He offered her his love and his time. He brought her a cool face cloth and put it on her head. I said to her, “What a blessing he is!” She replied with such love in her eyes, “Yes, he’s a sweety.” She told me how proud she is of him.
This made me think of how we can be a present to those around us. We can offer the gift that costs us no money to give; it is the gift of ourselves. We can spend some time with someone sick in the hospital or at their home. We can volunteer for a local charity. We can sit on a government or community committee, which seeks to improve the quality of life for its community members.
How often do we say thank you to those who have taken time from their busy schedule to give us the gift of their presence, wisdom and knowledge? A human resources expert at a job search seminar I attended cited one example of the benefit of a personal note of thanks to the person who interviewed the individual for a position. Out of hundreds of applicants he was the only one who sent a thank you letter. He wasn’t as qualified as many of the applicants, but his spirit of gratitude stood out. He was the one hired. The interviewer was so impressed that he let the new employee know personally what a difference his thank you note made in the selection process and to his life.
Today and every day think of one thing you can do to bless the life of someone else. Then, like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it.”
Your life and the lives you touch will have a ripple effect like the stone you throw into a pond. You may never know all the lives you have made an impact on. That’s not important. The gift of your presence, love, light, laughter and joy to those who need you is far more significant.
All the maliciousness of terrorism and darkness of this world can never extinguish these things, if we never stop believing in the power of love to change us, our communities and our world.
Be a life changer. Your life and the lives of others you touch will never be the same.
Kevin and Karen Osborne are Christian pastoral counsellors and psychotherapists. Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. We have started You Can Hope Again Counselling. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.
Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog